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No Staff Shakeup Planned In Carolina

from the News & Observer,

An announcement on the Hurricanes’ coaching staff could be made in the next few days, general manager Jim Rutherford said today, and it is expected the staff will remain intact.

Rutherford met last week with team owner Pater Karmanos, Jr., in Detroit.

“We’d like to keep everything together and the way it was at the end,” Rutherford said of the staff.

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No Retirement Plans For Brind’Amour

from the News & Observer,

Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour said today that he had no plans to retire after 20 years in the NHL and would return next season.

“I made a commitment a while ago to play and I’ve got a contract to play it out,” he said today. “So it’s definitely what the plan is.

“Personally you have to believe in yourself. I would not play the game if I did not think I could still do it. And not just as a fourth-line player. My goal is to get back and contribute with this team as I feel like I can.

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Decisions Need To Be Made In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Going into the playoffs, it looked like the Hurricanes would try to re-sign Cole, Tuomo Ruutu and Babchuk and allow Chad LaRose and Dennis Seidenberg to leave.

Now, no one would hold it against the Hurricanes if they decided the money pigeonholed for Cole, who has now gone 31 playoff games without a goal, was better spent keepingLaRose and Jokinen. (Ruuturemains a no-brainer.)

Deciding what to do about a player after a poor postseason is better than no postseason at all.

And then there’s the issue of who coaches this team next season, Maurice or Ron Francis.

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Prince of Wales Trophy Talk

from CBC,

The ultra-superstitious Crosby and his teammates surprised a lot of people by handling the Prince of Wales Trophy after NHL executive Bill Daly presented it to them following their victory in Game 4.

Crosby made the decision to not only have his photo taken with the trophy, but to lift it, after a brief post-game consultation with veteran Bill Guerin.

“We didn’t touch the trophy last year, and obviously we didn’t have the result we wanted,” Crosby said. “We figured we’d touch it this year although we haven’t accomplished exactly what we want, we still accomplished something here. You know, we can still enjoy it.

“It doesn’t mean that we think we’re finished, by any means, but we can still enjoy it. You know, we just wanted to change things up, and we didn’t touch it last year. Might as well grab it and get a picture with it and move on and go after the one we really want.”

more on the game…

added 7:39am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.

The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.

In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 & Return To Stanley Cup Finals

Marc-Andre Fleury was very solid in goal, Penguins scored a late empty-netter to put a lid on the series.

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These Type Of Goals Hurt When Down 3-0 In A Series

Fluttering puck from Maxime Talbot of the Penguins gets behind Canes goaltender Cam Ward late in the first period.

The goal put the Penguins up 2-1 and they now lead 3-1 going into the 3rd period.

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Too Easy For Pittsburgh

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Well, it’s all mercifully coming to an end for the thoroughly overmatched and outplayed Hurricanes. That’s not to say the Canes can’t pull one out Tuesday at the RBC Center for their fans, but there’s no way they win four straight against the high-octane Penguins.

Carolina has been outscored 16-8 through three games and outshot 113-87. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have eight goals and 14 points between them, while the entire Carolina roster has eight goals and 22 points. And that’s been the problem; Carolina has been unable to contain Crosby and Malkin, especially the latter who has nine points in the three games.

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Not Much Drama In Conference Finals

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

One of the most compelling Stanley Cup tournaments in recent memory is becoming less intriguing by the day. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings are making a mockery of the Conference finals as they steam toward a second match-up in the championship round. The Cup semifinals could end in a total of nine games for only the fifth time since the National Hockey League expanded in 1967. That would occur if the Penguins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes here in Raleigh on Tuesday, while the Red Wings eliminate Chicago in Game 5 of the West series on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

The saving grace, of course, would be a potential collision of freight trains in the Stanley Cup final, as Pittsburgh and Detroit appear head-and-shoulders above the competition right now. But, parity in the championship round is not guaranteed.

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Dealing With Defeats

from Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer,

With a chance to win their third NHL Eastern Conference championship in the past seven years, the Hurricanes now have spent a full week stuck in a bull’s eye role during target practice by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday’s 6-2 win by the Penguins in the RBC Center ran the games count to 3-love and the goals total to 16-8.

In the afterglow of thoserip-roaring adventures in early-round escapes against New Jersey and Boston, this excursion against the Penguins is downright depressing.

As hockey years go, the Triangle is still a toddler. Hurricanes fans are used to seeing close playoff series or not getting to the postseason party at all. Other than that rarest of sports species known as Duke football fans, most North Carolinians just aren’t very familiar with having to deal with prolonged periods of hopelessness and even the most one-sided Duke football losses rarely lasted longer than three hours.

Truth is, trailing 3-0 is a lot more exasperating than having the regional culture ridiculed by the New England media. Sticks and pucks may break our trucks, etc. Besides, at the end of the day against the fancy Boston bourgeoisie, it was Les Gooberhabs, 4-3.

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Bylsma Press Conference

Q.      Just curious if you’re getting to a point or would you like to get to a point where you go back to six defensemen? And sister question, did you assess Sergei Gonchar’s play since his injury?

        DAN BYLSMA: Again, you know, the reasons why we entertained going to seven, they’re still there to varying degrees. Things have changed, but we’re still contemplating that situation.

        You know, I think at some point we’d get back to six.

Sergei’s play – I think we’ve benefitted a lot from him on the power play. The way he brings the puck up the ice and in the zone. Just knowing the nuisances of getting the puck to different areas that we need to try to have success.

So he’s big in that regard.

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